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The Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 Begins Friday!

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Earn Your First New Souvenir This Weekend

Beginning Friday, June 19, you can earn your first brand new souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15. All you have to do is find a geocache with 10+ Favorite Points. Any geocache, anywhere—as long as it has 10 or more Favorite Points. You can learn more about the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 and the 15 Years of Geocaching celebration here.

Check out the latest Featured Search on our brand new search page to find favorited geocaches near you. Geocaching Premium members can use the Geocaching app to apply filters and sort nearby geocaches by Favorite Points.

You have until September 2 to earn this souvenir, so don’t worry if you don’t find it right away. This also happens to be the perfect time to start awarding all those Favorite Points you’ve been saving up.

Search for Favorited Geocaches Now

Deep Blue Something (GC43K9C) — Geocache of the Week

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Dean's Blue Hole Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer

Dean’s Blue Hole Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer

Geocache Name:

Deep Blue Something (GC43K9C)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/4.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

The Geocache of the Week isn’t always a geocache with tons of finds or Favorite Points—sometimes it’s a cache that’s designed to inspire your next adventure. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is here and visiting a tropical location sounds quite nice. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re in the midst of winter and finding a geocache in a place like the Bahamas probably sounds pretty awesome right about now. At this geocache, you’ll not only see a beautiful location, you’ll also see something you can’t see anywhere else: Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest salt-water blue hole in the world at 663 ft (200m).

What geocachers have to say:

“Wow! What an amazingly beautiful place. Before I found this cache, I jumped into Dean’s Blue Hole from on top! Surreal! TFTC! :)” – monkey_travels

“Gorgous view! That spot needs a cache! Perfect for snorkeling! Loved it!” – Bobby738

“Awesome place! First time here and won’t be the last! Thanks for the cache!” – rglenn13

What the geocache owner, rockthecachebx, has to say:

My parents live in a little house nearby and we walk down to the Blue Hole just about every day for a snorkel while visiting them. Initially we (husband Jeff and I) wanted to put a cache at the BOTTOM of the hole, 662 feet down, in hopes of it being the longest running undiscovered cache. But we were afraid of the very real possibility that someone might get hurt searching for it and we knew we’d never be able to maintain it at that depth! The name, Deep Blue Something, seemed appropriate and is a nod to a 90s band that was popular in our college days.
We’ve had some great times snorkeling and exploring around Dean’s Blue Hole. I’ve seen Hawksbill sea turtles, upside-down jellyfish and nudibranchs that I included in my obscure animal ABC, P is for Pangolin. There’s a tiny territorial damsel fish that will attack if you swim near his rock at the edge of the cove. Once my husband spotted an adorable baby octopus living in a glass bottle. Swimming across the Blue Hole is a bit eerie. Gazing down into the depths, it is easy to let your imagination run wild, creating fantastic sea monsters, sunken treasure and ghostly forms between shafts of sunlight in the deep blue. Sometimes we visit at night to scare ourselves silly, once we even tied dive lights to a rope and lowered it into the hole to see if we could attract any interesting creatures.
I was surprised that it took over a year for Deep Blue Something to be found! It has been so much fun to read everyone’s logs of adventures at the hole and I love seeing their photos. The location attracts an international crowd. It is a bit of a mecca for the world’s freediving community. The still water and incredible depth make it the perfect place to test human endurance and set world records. I’m a bit surprised that Deep Blue Something is still the only traditional cache on Long Island.
To the Geocaching Community: The place does have a history of tragedies, so swimmers should be cautious and inexperienced swimmers should stick to the shallow parts of the cove. Consider making your visit a CITO visit. Like most islands, Long Island is plagued by plastic rubbish that washes ashore. Locals can point you to the island’s dump which makes an interesting visit in its own right! A note to spearfishers, please target lionfish! This invasive species eats anything that fits in its mouth and is very detrimental to the local ecology. They’re delicious, just watch a YouTube video on safe handling.

 

Photos:

From above. Photo by geocacher Bobby738

From above. Photo by geocacher Bobby738

The blue hole from the beach. Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer

The blue hole from the beach. Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer

And then it just drops off... Photo by geocacher Bobby738

And then it just drops off… Photo by geocacher Bobby738

What’s the most beautiful place geocaching has ever taken you? Post your photos in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

 

 

GeoTours Deliver More Fun With Favorites

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Blog post by Geocaching HQ Business Development Coordinator Meg Hatch (Username: Ponystream). 

Looking for ways to earn that first shiny Fun with Favorites souvenir now that the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 is finally here? Well we’ve got an insider tip for you: try a GeoTour!

GeoTours are special collections of caches designed to take geocachers like you on an awesome journey through interesting places such as a town or city, a park, or even the Kennedy Space Center. Not only do GeoTours guide you through a cool destination, but they will also take you to some pretty cool, highly favorited geocaches. In fact, GeoTour caches earn three times more Favorite Points than other geocaches!

Geocachers are awarding blue ribbons left and right for the Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour in Ontario, Canada. This GeoTour launched just over a month ago and has already racked up over 1000 Favorite Points, thanks to caches like GC5RC88. Geocacher whatandwhere says,“Thanks for placing all these amazing caches out there. They certainly took a lot of time to make and a great deal of thought. Still have a few more to find — can’t wait to get back up there to finish them.”

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Complete the Prague Airport GeoTour series to receive this awesome wood coin (as if experiencing great geocaches wasn’t enough!)

Or maybe you’ll be passing through the Prague Airport sometime soon. The Prague Airport GeoTour has well over 10+ Favorite Points on each of its cleverly disguised geocaches. Now that’s one way to spend your layover! Like many other GeoTours around the world, the Prague Airport GeoTour even rewards you for completing its GeoTour.

Seeking out highly favorited geocaches is a great way to ensure a fun, unique geocaching experience with your fellow geocachers’ stamp of approval. Geocaching Premium members can grant Favorite Points to their favorite geocache finds and sort by Favorite Points to seek out the best of the best geocaches using the new geocache search. Not yet a Premium member? You can find some awesome geocaches by experiencing a (free!) GeoTour near you.

GeoTours are popping up all around the world, all of the time — there may even be one near you. Now get out there and discover your own favorite geocaches!

Tell us — what GeoTour is closest to you? No GeoTours nearby? Let us know that too so we can try to make one happen!

gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N) – Geocache of the Week

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No big deal, just walking into a geocache. Photo by geocacher patafix86

No big deal, just walking into a geocache. Photo by geocacher patafix86

Geocache Name:

gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

The first souvenir for the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is Fun with Favorites: find any geocache with 10+ Favorite Points to earn it. After finding this geocache, you’ll not only have the new souvenir, you’ll also be one of the few geocachers who can truthfully say, “I’ve walked around inside a geocache.”

What geocachers have to say:

“What a super cache. Thanks to the owners for allowing it. Must be a tourist pull!Well done Johnny-Vegas. TFTC” – creditdog

“It is a great moment of geocaching and a very beautiful discovery. I do not know how to express all this without revealing it too much. As a result, I would content with inviting the other players to come to discover this “box” and to see what it contains. A warm congratulations and thank you for this outstanding geocache.” – cukcelte

“Wow!!! What a beauty, This must be the largest cache we are ever likely to see. Thanks for the welcome from Johnny Vegas. Nice to have met you. We will try and visit this cache again and bring more stuff.” – DaiGym

What the geocache owner, Johnny-Vegas, has to say:

“I wanted to be more involved with Geocaching so my mind started ticking over with ideas. It’s the way I am, quite imaginative and some say over imaginative!

Our new home came with a 7.5 tonne DAF lorry parked up in the barn. It was registered in the UK and so very difficult to re-register it here in France. There is already plenty of storage and outbuildings so another “store room” was not really required.
I decided to convert the lorry and it’s massive box on the back to be a cache container but I didn’t want it to just look like a half-hearted attempt. So decided to paint it a deep green colour just like an ammo box, I had vinyl lettering made to create a geocaching.com label in extra large letters. Camouflage netting was placed over the cab to “blend” it into the background and a camouflage interior design was created.
I really wanted it to look and feel like a cache container and not the back of an old truck.
With the cache being located within our grounds I get to meet other cachers and share their experiences which is wonderful. Reading their feedback tells me they are really happy with finding the cache (not hard to locate!) but also sharing their excitement with me, it really is great fun.”

Photos:

So, are they considered swag now? Photo by francoizik

So, are they considered swag now? Photo by francoizik

A happy family outside the container. Photo by Les moregans

A happy family outside the container. Photo by Les moregans

A giant logbook to match the cache. Photo by geocacher C2iC

A giant logbook to match the cache. Photo by geocacher C2iC

What’s the largest geocache you’ve ever found? Post your photos in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

 

Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 – Geocachers Conquer the Alps

Geocachers celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching by embarking on a grand geocaching adventure

You may followed them here on the official Geocaching blog: three brave geocachers recently embarked on a journey across the Alps on foot. Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) finally made it across and have returned home feeling happy and exhausted.

In their words: “Crossing the Alps was the perfect tour for us to celebrate 15 years of Geocaching. It combined everything that is geocaching in its core: love for nature, the love of the game, and an overwhelming sense of community.”

But the journey was not without challenges. Benny reports: “On the 7 legs of the trail we walked 10-11 hours daily […] We climbed more than 32,000 feet of elevation with our 30 lb backpacks. Even when our feet hurt badly, we wedged them back into our hiking boots and kept going. […] Especially during the ascent we had to conquer our weaker selves daily. […] We kept going step by step through gravel, boulder fields, mud, and snow. Often we’d get cramps in our calves which slowed us down some more. Mentally you start searching for a way out when you know there is only one way: to keep going.”

Despite all the danger and exhaustion, geocaching in the Alps was an incredibly unforgettable adventure for the three geocachers. But it was hard: “Really, really hard,” says Benny. “Our “road trip” across the Alps has proven again for us that geocaching leads you to places you would have never seen without. Geocaching has also provided us unforgettable memories we will remember for a long time. For example, “Transalp Similaun Hütte 3019m (GCY5Y7)” where at 10,000 feet the cold had our teeth chattering. We had to get blankets from an emergency storage to be able to log the cache. Or when we found Fernwanderweg E5 – 01 – Los geht’s (GC1F5KV) and Benny got an electric shock on the buttocks when logging too close to a pasture fence.”

Despite their sore feet and shocked behind, there’s one thing the three friends agree on: without geocaching they probably would have never gotten the idea to embark on this kind of adventure. The reward was a set of amazing experiences they will never forget.

So what’s next? “We could already start hiking again,” says Benny. Spoken like a true geocacher.

The Most Favorited Geocaches in the World by Geocache Type

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There are many reasons why geocachers award favorite points to geocaches. Sometimes it’s the stunning view at the geocache. Other times it’s the unique container that makes your jaw drop. Whatever the reason, favorite points are a great way for geocachers to award top-notch hides.

The first souvenir challenge for the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is to find a geocache with 10+ favorite points.  Favorited geocaches tend to be higher quality caches, and with the help of the new search, it’s easy to find and sort geocaches by favorite points.

The following geocaches are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the pick of the litter, the top dogs, the big cheese… well, you get the idea. And they all have one thing in common: lots and lots of favorite points.

 

Geocache Type: Traditional

GC Number: GC13Y2Y

Geocache Name: Lego – einer ist zuviel

Number of favorite points: 5,787

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Geocache Type: Multi-Cache

GC Number: GC18182

Geocache Name: Voss-Margarine

Number of favorite points: 3,936

 

Geocache Type: EarthCache

GC Number: GCZ8H7

Geocache Name: The Cologne Cathedral – A Geological Point of View

Number of favorite points: 846

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Geocache Type: Mystery

GC Number: GC2J9J5

Geocache Name: Schatz des Alberich

Number of favorite points: 2,857

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Geocache Type: Letterbox

GC Number: GC3QM4X

Geocache Name: Seebrücke Binz

Number of favorite points: 1,349

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Geocache Type: Virtual

GC Number: GC9A6E

Geocache Name: Historic Words

Number of favorite points: 1,299

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Geocache Type: Webcam

GC Number:  GC6F12

Geocache Name: London – Beatles Abbey Road

Number of favorite points: 609

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Geocache Type: Wherigo

GC Number: GC356P2

Geocache Name: Die Jagd nach dem Grünen Diamanten (D+Engl)

Number of favorite points: 1,175

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Inspired yet? It’s time for you to go and find a highly-favorited geocache and earn a cool souvenir. With the most recent update to the Geocaching Intro App, you can now search for any cache type. And don’t forget to spread the favorite point love. 


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